Genital Warts

Genital Warts

The caring and experienced professionals at Phoenix Skin Dermatology are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of genital warts and HPV. The providers in the Phoenix and Scottsdale offices have been treating genital warts (also known as penile warts, anal warts, vaginal warts, rectal warts) and HPV infections for over 20 years in a private, caring and compassionate manner.

If you think you have genital warts, please schedule an appointment with us at Phoenix Skin Dermatology. We offer online or telephonic appointment scheduling and Saturday office hours at our North Scottsdale location for your convenience and privacy. Should you need to know more about genital warts, send an email to tracy@phxskin.com.

What Are Genital Warts?

Genital warts are single or multiple bumps that appear in the genital areas (labia, penis, anus and rectum) of men and women.

About Genital Warts

Genital warts are viral lesions that look like small growths, technically known as condyloma, and are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). Genital warts can be found on both men and women and are generally passed between sexual partners.

What is HPV?

Human papiloma virus is a wart virus passed on through genital contact most often during vaginal and anal sex and in some cases oral sex. Men and women can get HPV and pass it on without realizing it because HPV usually causes no symptoms.

It is very important to get checked for HPV because some types of HPV can cause genital warts while other types can cause cervical cancer in women and penile and anal cancer in men. Oropharyngeal cancers (cancers of the back of throat including base of tongue and tonsils) can occur in both men and women.

How Do You Get Genital Warts?

Genital warts are very contagious and can be spread during oral, genital, or anal sex with an infected partner.

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Genital Warts in Men

Certain types of HPV infect the genital areas of men, including the skin on and around the penis or anus. They can also infect the mouth and throat. Below are some types of genital wart symptoms in men:

  • • Growths on the penis, urethra, testicles, groin, thighs, or anus (one or more growths).
  • • Single, grouped, raised, flat, or cauliflower-shaped warts that are usually painless.
  • • Warts may appear within a few weeks or even months after sexual contact with an infected person.
  • • In some cases, the HPV virus is contracted but the carrier doesn’t know because the warts never manifest themselves externally. However, infected
     people can still pass the condition on to sexual partners.
Genital Warts in Women

Certain types of HPV infect the genital areas of women and they can also infect the mouth and throat. Below are some types of genital wart symptoms in women:

  • • The warts are typically characterized as grey or flesh-colored and develop on the labia, inside the vagina, cervix and around the anus.
  • • Many times, the appearance and continual presence of these warts are painless, but itching, unusual discharge, and redness may occur. Occasionally,
     sufferers of genital warts do in fact experience a great deal of pain due to their advanced condition.
  • • In some cases, the HPV virus is contracted but the carrier doesn’t know because the warts never manifest themselves externally. However, infected people can still pass the condition on to sexual partners.
Genital Wart Treatments

Phoenix Skin provides different treatment measures for genital warts depending on factors such as the size and location of the genital warts. Different treatments include medication, surgical removal, or cryotherapy (frozen off). The warts often need multiple treatments for complete resolution.

The treatment for genital warts will only relieve sufferers of the symptoms and discomfort brought on by the virus. However, it will not eliminate HPV from their system and may not lower the chances of passing HPV on to a sex partner since no cure for it has been found.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • + - Why should genital warts be treated? Early recognition and prompt treatment can help prevent later complications of genital warts.

  • + - What should I expect during my office visit? Our caring staff at Phoenix Skin Dermatology can usually diagnose genital warts through direct visual examination. This involves a thorough examination of the thighs and the pelvic region, as well as the mouth and throat areas. In some instances a biopsy of a lesion is necessary to confirm the presence of HPV.

  • + - What should I do after treatment? The Phoenix Skin staff will schedule follow-up visits after the treatment to ensure the absence of recurrences as genital warts can be very resistant to treatment. Post-treatment care guidelines are also given to all patients.

  • + - Are genital warts diagnosis and treatment covered by insurance? Yes. Please contact our office to verify we accept your insurance plan.

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